Tag Archive: dmca

Aug 10

Google changes search ranking algorithm to target pirate websites

In a move that’s long overdue, Google has announced a change to the search algorithm it uses to “rank” websites listed in search results, lowering the ranking of the most egregious pirate sites.  In a posting on their “Inside Search” blog Amit Singhal explains the move: We aim to provide a great experience for our …

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Jun 23

The Trichordist’s David Lowery on the cost of “free culture”

The Trichordist “Artists for an Ethical Internet” blog recently featured an eloquent piece by musician David Lowery written in response to an NPR blog post by Emily White.   Anyone interested in the issue of creator’s rights should read and share this piece.  It speaks for itself-read it here. Recently Emily White, an intern at …

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Jan 19

Googlenocchio? What a Tangled Web They Weave.

Google-liar

 “A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on.”    –Winston Churchill       I read with great interest the piece in today’s New York Times by Edward Wyatt entitled “Lines Drawn on Antipiracy Bills.”  The article was a fairly comprehensive overview of the standoff between …

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Dec 15

Cyberlockers: Explaining Piracy’s Profit Pyramid

Mediafire download link featuring Google ads.

  What I know is that online piracy is flourishing.  What I know is that the internet has become a topsy-turvy world where criminals are celebrated as heroes, and their victims demonized.  What I know is that I’m tired—tired of listening to the red herrings and hyperbole ricocheting around the web in opposition to (overdue) …

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Dec 07

The Road to Google DMCA Hell is Paved with Good Intentions….

Google's promised DMCA response took 8 months, not 24 hours.

A year ago, in December of 2010, Kent Walker, General Counsel for Google, promised to make “copyright work better online.”  According to his post on Google’s Public Policy website Walker assured copyright holders: We’ll act on reliable copyright takedown requests within 24 hours. We will build tools to improve the submission process to make it easier …

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